Addressing the effects of chronic pain

 Neuropsychological Profiling of High-Impact Spinal Cord Injury Neuropathic Pain with Thermal Quantitative Sensory Testing and Endogenous Pain Control Biomarkers (DOLSCI I)

Need: The DolSCI Network investigating neuropathic pain control following spinal cord injury.

In the UK, approximately 40,000 people are living with spinal cord injury. An estimated two-thirds of these, over 25,000, people are living with neuropathic (chronic) pain, which has an enormous impact on psychological wellbeing and quality of life.

Chronic pain is a major complication following spinal cord injury.  It is constant , can be felt in many different places and can lead to depression, sleeplessness, anger and frustration and isolation.

Despite recent advances in our understanding of how non-invasive brain modulation or electroencephalographic (EEG) feedback m ay control neuropathic  pain after spinal cord injury, little is known how these therapeutic strategies may control specific high-impact pain phenotypes, normal endogenous pain control and reducing maladaptive and adaptive coping strategies.

The DoISCI Network co-ordinated and managed by Dr Julian Taylor, SMSR  Research Director will combine national and international expertise to assess the effect of established research protocols for the non-invasive magnetic stimulation and EEG neurofeedback feedback of affected pain centres on both resting and pain-evoked activity within these areas.

Project Stage:  Ongoing

Location: National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville; University of Buckingham

Project Manager:Dr Julian Taylor (Research Director, SMSR)

ResearchTeam:

Dr Bethel Osuagwu (Masson Clinical Research Fellow)

Dr Imogen Cotter (Clinical Psychologist)

Mr Maurizio Belci (Spinal Consultant, NSIC)

Dr Katherine Finlay (Chartered Psychologist, University of Buckingham)

Funding: Multiple sources

 

 

 

 

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